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Rabbi Jacob A. Max, influential Baltimore religious leader, dies

Rabbi Jacob A. Max, founder of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation, died Tuesday morning, said the synagogue's current head, Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro. He was 87.

For more than half a century, Max was a dominant figure in Baltimore's Jewish community.

In 2009, Max was convicted of sexually molesting a woman half his age in a Reisterstown funeral home. Max was found guilty of second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense after a brief bench trial in Baltimore County District Court.

News of the conviction prompted five other women to share with The Baltimore Sun their own allegations of improper advances by the rabbi.

Services for Max will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. funeral home in Pikesville, Shapiro said.

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